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Category: Liposuction

Am I Ready for Plastic Surgery?

The demand for plastic surgery continues to stay on the rise. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2016 statistics, more than $15 billion dollars were spent on plastic surgery in the last year. It isn’t surprising though, as most people care about their looks and want to stick to the societal standard to maintain a young and fresh appearance. Some might try to improve their body and/or face with diet, exercise, and at-home treatments, but even with rigorous efforts, they have little to no success. The only way for some people to meet their aesthetic goals is through plastic surgery. However, plastic surgery is a serious process, and it may not be for everyone. How do you know if you are ready for plastic surgery?

Are You a Plastic Surgery Candidate?Liposuction Patient Before and After photo by Dr. Wald

There are several factors patients must consider before they undergo a plastic surgery procedure. Making sure you are ready, emotionally and physically, for surgery will ensure the most comfortable and safe surgical process possible. Here are some questions you should ask yourself first:

  • Are you realistic in your expectations?: Plastic surgery is designed to enhance and rejuvenate a person’s natural features. Patients should be realistic in their expectations. They should be aware that plastic surgery is not going to provide them with a dramatic change but rather a more youthful, enhanced version of themselves.
  • Are you physically healthy?: Surgery involves anesthesia and recovery. Someone who is not physically healthy has a higher risk of complications. Patients should be honest with their surgeon about their medical history and any current medical conditions. If a surgical procedure appears unsuitable for a patient, Dr. Wald offers a variety of non-surgical treatments, such as SculpSure®, that provide beautiful results without as many risks and with minimal recovery time.
  • Have you already tried diet and exercise to achieve your goals?: Patients considering body contouring procedures such as liposuction should not treat plastic surgery as a weight loss method. It is recommended that patients be at or near their ideal body weight with only a few pockets of fat they would like to target.
  • Are you willing to maintain your results?: Plastic surgery is not a permanent solution to one’s body and facial flaws. The best patients are willing to maintain their results with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Patients should stick to a regular exercise regimen and skin care routine to achieve a longer-lasting outcome. It is also highly recommended to refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol in excess.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

Are you a candidate for cosmetic surgery? If you answered yes to the above questions, now is the time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wald. He can discuss your goals and concerns as well as evaluate your anatomy and health to help you decide if you are suited for a cosmetic procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical. Dr. Wald will go over all of your options and design a personalized surgery plan.

Dr. Wald is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is skilled and experienced in performing several procedures and techniques for the face, breasts, and body. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form.

When Diet and Exercise Have Failed

With summer just around the corner, everyone is getting ready to enjoy the warmer months. The pool, the beach, and outdoor barbecues are common activities people partake in during the summertime. As the sun comes out, many people tend to show more skin to stay cool in the hot weather. Some people may be panicking and worried about getting beach body ready. The idea of bikinis, shorts, or tank tops might be causing people to diet and exercise so they can feel confident with their bodies in more revealing fashions. However, genetics and a person’s age can make it hard for them to meet their body goals. When diet and exercise have failed, plastic surgery could be an ideal option for achieving your desired physique. With so many new advancements in body contouring, an individual can get the body they want when at-home efforts are ineffective.

Your Body Contouring Options

Before and After LiposuctionThere are several plastic surgeries a person can undergo to correct certain characteristics that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Dr. Wald offers a variety of body contouring procedures at his practice. Here are some of the options available:

  • Tummy tuck surgery: Postpartum patients and people who have lost a significant amount of weight often find it difficult to target unwanted fat and skin in the stomach area. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to eliminate excess abdominal fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a slimmer, more defined waistline.
  • Liposuction: Stubborn fat accumulations are a common problem for all different types of individuals. Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body that has unwanted pockets of resistant fat.
  • Breast lift surgery: Aging, genetics, weight loss, and many other factors can contribute to breast sagging and laxity. Breast lift surgery can be performed to restore the breasts to a more youthful position by lifting the breast tissue.
  • Breast augmentation: Lack or loss of breast volume is not something that can be corrected with diet and exercise. Breast augmentation can alter the shape or size of the breasts using saline or silicone breast implants.

Whether you want to get rid of excess fat or correct the appearance of the breasts, Dr. Wald can help you achieve your desired look. Patients can choose to undergo one or a combination of body contouring procedures depending on their body and goals. Those who are apprehensive about a surgical procedure may be candidates for some of our non-surgical techniques. SculpSure® is an ideal option for those who do not want to or cannot undergo surgery. With minimal downtime and pain, SculpSure® can flush out and destroy fat cells to create a smoother, thinner waistline.

If diet and exercise have failed to help you get beach ready, you might be interested in one of our body contouring options. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today! He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the experience and skills to help you achieve your body goals. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

I Want My Pre-Baby Body Back!

Although they are a wonderful gift, a lot of sacrifices come with having children. A woman’s entire life changes when she decides to start a family. Among the most frustrating transformations involves her body. Pregnancy and breastfeeding wreak havoc on the physique; the stomach expands to make room for a growing baby, the body begins to develop excess fat, and the breasts change in size as they start to produce milk for breastfeeding. After childbirth, the body might not revert to its original, pre-baby state. Many women find that diet and exercise fail to address these inevitable changes. Mommy Makeover surgery is an ideal option many mothers consider.

What Can I Achieve With Mommy Makeover Surgery?

A Mommy Makeover combines procedures for postpartum body contouring. Breast and body procedures can help a woman to reverse the effects of pregnancy to create firmer, more youthful contours. Depending on the characteristics that need to be addressed, Dr. Wald can create an individual surgery plan for your Mommy Makeover.

Rejuvenate Sagging Breasts and Loss of Fullness

Breast Lift Before and After PhotosThe breasts are completely different following pregnancy. Once a woman is finished breastfeeding, she might start losing the volume and shape of the breasts she once had. Breast lift surgery is an ideal procedure performed to restore lost skin elasticity that causes the breasts to sag (ptosis) by lifting them into a more youthful position.

Increase the Size and Improve the Shape of the Breasts

Some women will lose a significant amount of breast volume after pregnancy and notice they no longer have the large, full breasts that they once had. Breast augmentation surgery is designed to change the size and shape of the breasts by inserting saline or silicone implants. With so many breast implant types and incision options, a woman can have breasts that uniquely fit with the rest of her body. Breast lift surgery is commonly combined with breast augmentation to create larger breasts while correcting ptosis.

Flatten the Abdomen and Restore the Abdominal Muscles

A developing baby needs room for growth. The stomach expands throughout pregnancy and often results in weak abdominal muscles, excess tissue, and stretch marks. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is designed to restore the abdominal muscles and get rid of the belly “pooch.” An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone just above the pubic line. Through the incision, fat is excised, and weak abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured together. Excess skin is removed, resulting in a reduction in stretch marks. Patients are happy with their slimmer, more toned abdomen.

Remove Unwanted Fatty Tissue

In addition to abdominal fat, many mothers gain excess bulges in other areas of their bodies. Even with a regular diet and exercise routine, unwanted fat is often unresponsive. Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body. Commonly, post-pregnancy women address the stomach, love handles, thighs, and hips. Liposuction involves the removal of excess fatty tissue using a cannula hooked up to a vacuum device. Many tummy tuck patients also undergo liposuction to help them achieve an overall better shape in the abdominal area.

 

If you are ready to get your pre-baby body back, Dr. Wald can help! He can evaluate your body and goals to help you decide on the right procedure for you. Schedule your consultation by calling us at (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

4 Benefits of Undergoing Plastic Surgery in the Winter

Beautiful Young Woman With Arrows on FaceYou have decided that you are ready for plastic surgery, and now it is time to book your appointment. The question you may be asking yourself is, “When should I schedule my surgery?” Most patients find that the ideal season to undergo plastic surgery is winter. Whether you want a breast augmentation or liposuction, the cool weather makes winter the perfect time to schedule your procedure. Plus, with a new year just starting, why not get your face and body into shape to look your best for 2017!

Start Early on Your Summer Body

Plastic surgery results do not appear overnight. Most patients will have residual swelling for six months to one year. Someone who is wanting to get their body in shape for summer would ideally need to undergo their procedure during the winter or early spring. This allows time for swelling and bruising to subside and for surgical wounds to heal. Once the entire recovery process has come and gone, patients can be ready to show off their new results at the beach or pool this summer.

A Relaxing and Comfortable Recovery

Once the temperature drops, many people find themselves layering their clothes and snuggling up. Staying comfortable and relaxed away from the sun and activities is conducive to a healthy recovery. Winter is a convenient season to bundle up and stay indoors to ease through recovery.

After the procedure, the recovery is the most important process. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons can provide you with all the information you need to know about the recovery for your particular surgery.

It’s a Perfect Time for a “Staycation”

Life gets crazy, and every once in a while, we need a vacation. After undergoing plastic surgery, why not use some vacation time to take a “staycation”? Most operations will require a week or two of recovery. You should allow yourself to stay home or in a comfortable environment for postoperative care. Patients who take their recovery process seriously will benefit by achieving the best results possible.

Cover Up While the Body Is Healing

Winter time is all about throwing on extra clothing to stay warm and protect the skin from the dry weather. Many plastic surgery patients will notice their swelling, bruising, and surgical wounds are easier to conceal this time of year. Patients can discreetly recover from their surgery without revealing their body before unveiling their final results in the warmer months down the line.

If you want to undergo plastic surgery before the weather heats up, you should schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today! He can evaluate your face or body to help you decide on the best procedure for you. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Does CoolSculpting Work?

CoolSculpting Vs. Sculpture

coolsculpting vs sculptureDo you exercise and diet, yet still have stubborn fat? If you decided to get rid of your stubborn fat, you may be wondering what is the best option. There are non-surgical fat removal options such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure. These non-invasive procedures have become a popular plastic surgery trend. At the Aesthetic Institute, Dr. Wald is proud to offer SculpSure treatments and can explain why it is more effective than CoolSculpting.

 

CoolSculpting

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a fat-freezing procedure that uses cooling to eliminate stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and chin. CoolSculpting kills fat cells beneath the skin, which eventually are eliminated from your body. The average cost for CoolSculpting is about $2,250 for a specific area of the body.

How does CoolSculpting Work?

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Actual CoolSculpting patient before and after photo courtesy of Grant Stevens, MD.

You and your doctor or medical professional will chose an area of concern on your body to apply a gel pad and CoolSculpting applicator. The vacuum applicator is used to suck the tissue (skin) into the applicator cup. Once the tissue is positioned fully in the applicator cup, the freezing begins. The procedure may be chilly, but as the area becomes numb the pulling, tugging, or pinching may subside. The patient may experience bruising and swelling after the procedure.

SculpSure

What is SculpSure?
SculpSure by Cynosure is a light-based body contouring laser that targets and destroys stubborn fat cells in just 25 minutes. SculpSure targets the flanks, abdomen, and back. The damaged cells are naturally eliminated from the body as early as 6 weeks, but can take up to 12 weeks. The average cost for Sculpture is about $1,800 for a specific area of the body.

How does Sculpture work?

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Actual Sculpture patient before and after photo courtesy of S. Doherty, MD.

You and your doctor or medical professional will determine a target area or areas of concern on your body. The Sculpture applicators will be applied to your skin and properly secured. As the session begins the applicators will heat up and you may experience a tingling sensation. The SculpSure laser destroys fat cells in a band 2-3 centimeters under the skin. In addition to losing a small amount of weight, you lose size. The treatment takes approximately 25 minutes with no anesthesia, minimal to no discomfort and no down time. Sculpture is the perfect solution for destroying fat and non-surgical body contouring.

Which non-invasive procedure is right for me, CoolSculpting or Sculpture?

Both CoolSculpting and SculpSure are non-invasive fat reducers. SculpSure not only reduces fat, but treatments encourage collagen and elastin production. Both treatments have no downtime. Most patients return to work after their procedure and can immediately resume their daily activities. SculpSure takes only 25 minutes; so many patients complete a treatment on their lunch break, compared to CoolSculpting which takes at least an hour to complete 1 treatment. CoolSculpting takes 2-4 treatments for optimal results, whereas SculpSure can take just one treatment. CoolSculpting treats only one area at a time. SculpSure can treat four areas at once. SculpSure is effective and can maximize your results more quickly, for a lower cost.

If you would like to learn more about SculpSure and other options to reduce stubborn fat, schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Wald today. Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

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Robert Wald, MD
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